About us


Established in 2006, AISDA is one of the leading national humanitarian organizations headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a number of project coordination offices at its operational areas in Afar and Amhara Regional states. AISDA is an international impact award-winning local NGO (The 2012 Stars International Health Impact Award Winner of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The organization has an excellent working relationship and reputation with its communities, funding partners, local government, and various stakeholders. The organization is registered by the Ethiopian government as a national NGO with a registration number 0288.

Organizational Structure of AISDA
The board and it`s role

The board is composed of five members namely Doge Bidaro- Chair person, Nefisa Hassen- Vice chair person, Kamil Shemsu- Member, Ali Sultan- Member and Halewya Mohammed-Member. These members of the board are composed of different professional background and work experience like a public health specialist, a parliamentarian-member of the house of representative, an agronomist, a hydraulic engineer and a a Social Antropologist. The board meets quarterly, excluding extra ordinary meeting, they also evaluate periodically the performance of AISDA and they advise the management committee on different issues as appropriate.

Key staff and structure

The General Assembly of AISDA is comprised of representative from the major stake holders and influential personalities at different levels with gender representation. All of its members are literate and with different qualification. AISDA has management committee chaired by the executive director who is responsible for the day-to-day execution of the activities of the organization.Aisda’s head quarter is found in Addis Ababa, it has a liaison office at Semera and eight project coordination offices in eight districts of Afar Region.


The Program Director who is directly accountable to the executive director is responsible for the operation of the programs. He/she leads and coordinates the Livelihood and NRM program units, Health & Nutrition Program unit, and Emergency response, DRR program Unit. The Program Manager who is directly accountable to the program director is also responsible for the operation of the programs. He/she leads and coordinates the project coordinators.The Monitoring, Evaluation, reporting and Learning Officer who is directly accountable to the Executive Director is responsible for the monitoring and evaluating of program implementation; reporting of program reports; and the overall learning and sharing of best practices and documentation activities.The Program coordinator, who is accountable to the program manager assists the program manager; leads and facilitates all the programs, and leads the resource mobilization activities. The Area project coordinator supervises and facilitates the implementation of the area programs, each area project would comprise the least of experts and supporting staff.The Admin and Finance Head who is directly accountable to the Executive Director is responsible for the coordination of Human Resource Section, Procurement and logistics Section, and the Finance Section. The Admin and Finance officer who is accountable to the Admin and Finance Head is responsible for the personnel management and the financial system administration activities.

Some of the AISDA Head Office Team

Our vision

AISDA envisions better livelihoods of pastoral, agro-pastoral, and other rural and urban poor communities in Ethiopia.

Our mission

To support bring positive changes in the lives and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable communities in Ethiopia to overcome poverty and live with dignity.

Organizational Objectives
  • To Improve the health status of communities basically women and children
  • To improve quality education and service delivery
  • To reduce the Sexual & Gender Based Violence through the promotion of Women’s Right and Economic Empowerment
  • To overcome the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation through the introduction of renewable energy (Solar) for water supply and irrigation
  • To increase and diversify farm &off-farm household income to vulnerable groups of the society
  • To capacitate communities through skills upgrading, economic and material resources so as to become self-reliant
  • Pastoral communities to enjoy their rights and live in peace
Core Program/Intervention Areas


  • WASH-Water development and management (emergency and long-term development)
  • Peacebuilding, human rights, advocacy, and GBV
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Emergency humanitarian response and recovery (IDP, Shelter, EiE, NFI distribution, Cash, restocking, etc)
  • Local capacity building Gender Based Violence (GBV) (FGM, SRHR, and harmful traditional practices)
  • Livelihoods resilience and alternative income generation
  • Pastoralist area food security
(children) EiE
(women & girls) Gender & Protection
(people) Livelihood
Women and Children